Our Next Meeting
4 October 2018
12 Noon
Rotary District Governor Larry Vars
Club Information
Service Above Self
1st and 3rd of every month on Thursday at 12 Noon; 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7 AM
Harvest Hill (behind Alice Peck Day Hospital)
10 Alice Peck Day Drive (Dwinell Room)
Lebanon, NH  03766
United States
(603) 448-0126
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PROGRAM - September 27, 2018
Maureen Thibodeau 
Estate Sale Planner and Personal Home Organizer
Maureen is from Acworth, NH.  She has been an organizer since her childhood.  She relayed stories of organizing her mother's pantry by sorting canned goods alphabetically.  She found it fun as a child to clean and organize her home...she considered this a play time activity.
She then reviewed how she evolved into a personal home/office organizer and estate sale planner. She believes she was born with a cleaning and organizing gene.
She described that after her brother had a motorcycle crash, she used her skills to help her brother leverage his limited resources to keep his apartment and help him with various financial issues.  She then helped her family prepare for the estate sale following her father's death.
A friend in Connecticut encouraged her to consider using her organizational skills as her profession.  
Maureen gave us tips for dealing with clutter.  She believes when you manage clutter you can decrease your stress, improve your health and keep you from injury, make the resale of your home more successful, and even earn some money along the way.
Downsizing helps you get rid of stuff you really don't need or want. You can begin downsizing at any age. You start by developing a plan/strategy for every room or space in your home or on your property. She gave us a sheet that can help you determine is an item is a "must have', something that your strongly like, something you can do without, or something you dislike or don't care about. This then leads to determining what is trash/rubbish, what should be donated and what you might want to resell or give away.
She suggests that you actually schedule time on your calendar to devote to this work.  It may be easier to start small, and tackle one area at a time.
Executives & Directors
Vice President
Vice President
Assistant Treasurer
Past President
Past President
International Service
Charities Board Treasurer
Sergeant at Arms
Youth Service
Youth Service
Web Master
Service Projects
Service Projects
Rotary Foundation Chair
The Rotary Foundation
Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
Maureen then spent time reviewing planning for estate sales.  She reminded us that this can be an emotionally charged time as you deal with a loved one's possessions.  Each person needs to determine how involved they want to be in the process. The emotional connection can make it hard to do on your own.
Final thoughts:
  • Don't procrastinate...get started. 
  • Think about things that add to clutter daily and deal with them immediately.  Examples, sorting mail into trash, things to be reviewed, and important papers; putting laundry away...never leave a room empty handed...put unwanted stuff in the trash or recycling.
  • Clean-up after yourself.
  • Set up a filing system for important papers.
  • If you have things for value, know the value and record it with supporting documentation.
  • Really important papers should be kept in a fireproof container.
You can call Maureen at (603) 863-8168
The book for the children's collection at the Kilton Library given in honor of Maureen is Ideas Are All Around.
Special Board Meeting 2 October 2018 at 5:30, Whitman Office Building.  Topic, Club Charities, and a variety of other info not covered at our standing meeting.
The British are coming; the British are coming!!
Joint Meeting Lebanon and Hanover at Jessie on 17 October 2018, with our Friendship Exchange Team from England! 
Steve Whitman is trying to identify all members who will attend the joint meeting with the Hanover Rotary Club on WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17TH AT JESSE’S RESTAURANT.  The purpose of this meeting is to greet and meet the British Friendship Exchange participants. Doodle Poll coming your way soon...please respond! Remember you have already paid for this meal in your dues!!
Additional Friendship Exchange News - Drivers still needed!!
Let Steve Whitman know if you want to help with any of the following:
October 6:  Drive team members from Lebanon to Bradford Vermont (Afternoon)
October 16:  Drive to Rochester, VT to pick up the team, take them to lunch then stop at Joseph Smith Memorial and deliver team members to host families (morning and afternoon)
October 17: Drive to Woodstock, Bridgewater - tour Rockefeller Mansion, ShackletonThomas in Bridgewater, and lunch at Red Rooster in Woodstock (Morning and Afternoon)
October 18: Drive to Canterbury - tour Canterbury Shaker Village (Morning and afternoon)
Please help if you can.
Lebanon Chamber of Commerce Event
You are invited to attend:
2018 Annual Meeting &
Workforce Strength Seminar
Thursday, October 4, 2018 
7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Fireside Inn and Suites 
Join us for breakfast! 
Can't make the whole program? No problem!

Join us for our Annual Meeting and a special look at employee recruitment and retention in the Lebanon Area. 

7:30: Breakfast and check-in 
8:00: Chamber Annual Meeting 
8:15: Keynote Address by Chris Forman 
9:30: Workforce Panel Discussion 
10:30: Health and Productivity Discussion 

Stay for the whole program or attend as your schedule dictates. 

Panelists include: Doug Heavisides, Director of Hartford Area Career and Technology Center; Daniel Osborn, Coordinator of Workforce Development of River Valley Community College; Donlan Wade, LADC in private practice. 

$20 for Chamber members; $25 for non-members
From Evan Leary:
Happy Dollars
Tim Gauraldi is headed to Arizona with Anna and his mother and father for elk hunting in November.
Ron Bedell shared that he had dinner with the President of Rotary International in Montreal. The President is Barry Rassin from the Bahamas.
Ron and Marilyn won the dinner for registering early for the Zone Conference.
Evan Leary - see the ad above this was his happy dollar.
Dan Nash announced that ground breaking for the Baptist Church will happen on Sunday.  The church is rising from the ashes!
Rich Wallace announced the Chamber event that is listed above.
Bruce Bergeron shared that he survived his weekend of racing at Watkins Glen.  The only damage was a broken windshield and he has a worn out disc.  His student did well too.  The student's Porsche is intact!
Bruce Pacht is celebrating a special Chordsmen event over the weekend.  Attendance was up (430).  The afterglow event was well attended too (131).
Rick Dyment was happy to announce 4 more years of Cape Air at the airport.
Jean Walpren shared news of the Aging Resource Center event at DHMC.  Her sister has been named the Director of the Center!
Steve Whitman happy dollars were all about the Friendship Exchange Team arrival in 9 days.  Please help if you can.
Bob Gasser reminded us that on October 11,  Robert Azzi Will be speaking.  The program is entitled "Ask a Muslim Anything". Azzi is a photojournalist and writer.  Azzi discusses and welcomes questions on Islam the geopolitics of the Middle East. Should be an interesting program, please consider bringing a guest to this educational meeting.
Maureen Thibodeau, our speaker, shared news of the Acworth, NH Veteran's Memorial Park.  There will be a fund raiser for the park, in the park on Saturday.  There will be antiques sold, and plenty of food and entertainment.  Please consider coming .
Paul Boucher lovingly told Bruce Pacht that he is delighted the Chordmen's Concert is completed so when he is driving with Bruce he won't have to listen to him sing.
Marilyn Bedell shared more news from the dinner with RI President Barry Rassin.  If you still have your July copy of the Rotarian Magazine, take a look at the Flamingos on the cover.  Note that one is going against the flow.  Barry hopes he can be that Flamingo and help take Rotary in a new direction that will keep our organization sustainable for years to come.  Marilyn also learned at the conference that although there are 18 reported cases of polio this year, not all have caused paralysis.  In prior years only cases that included paralysis were counted, the number continues to be significantly down. We owe a debt of gratitude to the polio workers who continue to enter dangerous areas to immunize children.
Rich Wallace pulled the 5 of Clubs as the hunt for the queen of hearts continues.
Once again John Yacavone won the car wash.
News From Rotary International

Rotary announces US $96.5 million to end polio

On 15 August, 2018, Rotary announced nearly $100 million in grants to support the global effort to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that once paralyzed hundreds of thousands of children each year.

The announcement comes as Nigeria marks two years without any reported cases of wild poliovirus, following four reported cases in 2016.

“The fact that no new cases of wild poliovirus have been detected in Nigeria points to the improved surveillance and rapid response protocols Rotary and its Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners have established, particularly in insecure and inaccessible areas,” said Michael K. McGovern, chair of Rotary’s International PolioPlus Committee. “While this progress is promising, it’s time to redouble our efforts so we can continue to maintain the political and financial support necessary to end polio for good.”

While significant strides have been made against the paralyzing disease, wild poliovirus is still a threat in parts of the world, with 10 cases in Afghanistan and three cases in Pakistan this year so far. As long as a single child has polio, all children are at risk, which underscores the need for ongoing funding and political commitment to eradication.


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